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Jesse "Slugbait" Richards
City: Irmo
State: South Carolina
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 5, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Nov 8th, 2015
Start: McGuffin House in Hiawassee, GA
End: Campsite outside Neels Gap
Trip Distance: 2,136.5

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The McGuffin clan and Me

Day 127

After a fantastic breakfast, I packed up, said bye to the McGuffin family, and was once again, back at Unicoi Gap. Hiking today was nowhere near as tiring as the previous section from Dicks Creek Gap. And nice cool weather made for some good hiking even if it was overcast. I passed one guy just starting all bundled up and he saw me wearing my shorts and my sleeves rolled up and said, "you must be a polar bear." I just replied that I reckon if you get too cold, you should just hike faster. I even got some decent views off of Raven Rock of mountains of Georgia where you can tell that you are at the edge of the mountains as you look out and the mountains just die off to flat plains. I even ran into Turtle, Metso, and Pierogi again who let me know that Itis, Zucchini, and Goldilocks had passed them yesterday and were still planning on finishing tomorrow. They had also seen Kickin Wing that day and said that his ankle had been feeling better.

As I was getting near the campsite, it started to sprinkle. So I found a nice tentsite, pretty flat, no rocks or roots and set up my tent. Then I got some water and hopped into my tent as the it kept steadily sprinkling. The forecast was calling for rain all day tomorrow and I expected it to last all night as well After cooking dinner, I lounged for a bit because this campsite even had cell service. Then off to bed on one of my last nights...and it was going to be a wet one.

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Appalachian Trail - 2015

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is approximately 2,189-mile long footpath stretching through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 by Benton MacKaye as a refuge for city-dwellers, the A.T. was first completed in 1937 and traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.


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